About Me:

You can find me on steam as ZydrateAcademy. There's a few people who use Zydrate as a username so it may take some doin' to find me.

You can also find me on Tumblr:


Don't worry about Tumblr's reputation, my blog is 99% gaming related and little else.

Current Activities in Gaming #193
June 23, 2017

Hereís my current haul;

Not Shown: Watch_Dogs 2. Bought it the day after this screenshot. Currently installing.

I have no particular order.

L4D2; Played it in my Xbox days if memory serves, or at least the first one. Had good times, hard to pass up for 2$. Some people in my gaming community play it so I might install it if someone tried to get some groups going. Otherwise, might be in grey-text limbo for a while.

Quake 2 is only there so that I can one day do a few-episode Letís Play of it so I can talk about how Quake, Unreal, Morrowind and Starcraft shaped my life back in those 90′s.

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Current Activities in Gaming #192
June 14, 2017

Thanks to getting paid weekly at this new job of mine in conjunction with them giving me a lot more hours (4 hour shifts are a thing of my past), I have a bit more weekly play money than I expected.

In my last job I was getting anywhere from 220 to 400 (On holiday weeks mostly). -160 for general food and rent and what was left was my play money. But on a weekly basis, the food and rent is lower but I still get around ~250 per week. Take away about ~90 and thatís what I have to play with per week. This means I can typically get game related stuff on a more reliable basis under pretty much the same amount of funding I had before. This is cool.

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Current Activities in Gaming #191
June 08, 2017

Now that I have a job, Iíve been getting games on my own again. Hereís a quick rundown of some new games Iíve acquired and some first impressions, if applicable.

Titanfall 2: Basically Call of Duty but with more jumping. The same infuriating hitboxes where I will constantly get enemies down to 10-30% health (And I know this because I can see their bar) and just die pretty much every time. Iíve gotten some cool plays but theyíre few and far between and all my titans are made out of fucking toilet paper.

I might write a review of it eventually but itís very much Titanfall 1 with some new wallpaper. Single Player is good and really has the ďweirdnessĒ feel that older shooters used to have. I enjoyed parkouring through this modular-home-processing factory.

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Current Activities in Gaming #190
April 12, 2017

Iíve sort of mitigated some of the single player ďlagĒ I get from ME:A and Iíve started recording it again on my NG+. Itís a mixed bag, since the lag still happens but at a lesser rate than before and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what settings I had that gave me the smooth run beforehand. Iím wondering if my recording software relates to it but I doubt it, as I had the performance issues even when I wasnít recording.

Either way, good to pump out some content again. I have some more thoughts on ME:A on a writing standpoint, with a few quotes from a forum thread I participated in.

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Current Activities in Gaming #189
April 10, 2017

Been a while, had to really hunt for the last one of these. I explained on 188 itís because Iíve been actively recording for my youtube channel so my various gaming exploits are being uploaded daily there. Though not on time, I have 2-4 months of backlog/content to upload. It would still seem redundant if I made a blog post outlining the exact same stuff I did on the video. Half the post would be my voiceover.

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Zydrate Talks: Youtube and Netflix's Death Note
March 23, 2017

First, new youtube schedule for my personal channel. Havenít been doing Cities: Skylines and my Fallout 4 recordings have surpassed them so Fallout will be taking over Fridayís slot. Current schedule is thus;

MON Skyrim
TUE Grab-Bag
WED For Honor
THU Grab-Bag
FRI Fallout 4
Weekends: Grab-Bag

Iím actually working up another backlog which is a mixed blessing and therefore, I may double my output on grab-bag days.
As of this posting I havenít been in the mood for Skyrim but I do have 22 videos around, so thatís 3-4 months worth of Skyrim content anyway.

Meanwhile, Netflix released a new trailer for an Americanized version of Death Note, which I'm on board with.

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Retrospective Review: The entire Mass Effect franchise
March 16, 2017

(EmP was cool enough to give me an actual review slot for this so if you wish to leave feedback, I'd prefer it to be there! Enjoy the read either way!)

Andromeda is coming out in a week (as of this writing) and I feel like I want to revisit the franchise. Iíve done a post like this a few years ago when my blog was new but didnít really settle in on a style and it was kind of garbage with a lot of pointless paragraph breaks.

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